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Interview with Veronica Frances, author of ‘Tickling Daphne H’

Veronica FrancesVeronica Frances is the pseudonym for a creative writer, residing in New York City. She has had a love of tickling for her entire life. She enjoys singing and writing songs. She also writes non-fiction and poetry.

Her latest book is Tickling Daphne H.

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Q: Welcome to Beyond the Books, Veronica.  Can we start out by telling us whether you are published for the first time or are you multi-published?

Tickling Daphne H. is my second book. I had another book published under my real name thirteen years ago. It was non-fiction and a totally different kind of a book. I feel my writing has greatly improved since then.

Tickling Daphne H.Q: When you were published for the first time, which route did you go – mainstream, small press, vanity published or self-published and why or how did you choose this route?

I went with a small press so that I could retain artistic control.

Q: How long did it take you to get published once you signed the contract?

It took a few months approximately.

Q: How did it make you feel to become published for the first time and how did you celebrate?

The first time I was published thirteen years ago, I remember going out to dinner and drinking lots of champagne.

Q: What was the first thing you did as for as promotion when you were published for the first time?

When I was first published thirteen years ago, I hired a PR firm. I did lots of radio and magazine interviews. I also did some television appearances, mainly cable and a few morning shows. There was actually a huge article about me in the National Enquirer. Those were fun days.

Q: Since you’ve been published, how have you grown as a writer and now a published author?

My writing has greatly improved. I am more focused since I have begun writing fiction. Having my work out there has inspired me to take more chances and write more often and consistently.

Q: What has surprised or amazed you about the publishing industry as a whole?

That there are so many wonderful authors out there who are overlooked by an industry that does not welcome most writers easily.

Q: What is the most rewarding thing about being a published author?

When somebody loves my writing and really understands what is at the core of my stories, songs or poems.

Q: Any final words for writers who dream of being published one day?

I wish I could tell you it was easy. It is hard work. It requires persistence, courage and thick skin. Writing the book is the fun part, but getting it out there and getting people to actually buy your book is a really big challenge. You just have to write because you love it and keep going until something hits big.

Interview with Susan DiPlacido, author of ‘Shuffle Up and Deal’

Susan DiPlacido 2Susan DiPlacido is the author of 24/7, Trattoria, Mutual Holdings, House Money, Lady Luck, Shuffle Up and Deal, and American Cool. Trattoria was nominated for the Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice Award for Best Small Press Romance 2005, and her short story, “I, Candy,” won the Spirit Award at the 2005 Moondance International Film Festival. American Cool won the bronze medal in the 2008 IPPY awards and was a finalist in the 2008 Indie Book Awards. Shuffle Up and Deal was nominated for the Romantic Times Reviewer’s Choice Award for Best Small Press Erotic Fiction 2010. Her fiction has appeared in Susie Bright’s Best American Erotica 2007, Maxim Jakubowski’s Mammoth Book of Best New Erotica vol. 6 and 7, Zane’s Caramel Flava, and Rebellion: New Voices of Fiction.

Please visit her online at www.susandiplacido.com or www.susandiplacido.blogspot.com.

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Shuffle Up and DealQ: Welcome to Beyond the Books, Susan.  Can we start out by telling us whether you are published for the first time or are you multi-published?

I am multi-published.  My first book came out in 2005, and it was a sexy, romantic suspense story set in the world of blackjack in Las Vegas titled 24/7.  Since then, I’ve had a total of six novels and one collection of short stories published.  My latest is a sexy romantic comedy set in the world of poker with the prime location being Las Vegas and it’s titled Shuffle Up and Deal.  Sounds similar, I know, but while I use a lot of the same elements, it’s a very different plot and tone than the first one.

Q: When you were published for the first time, which route did you go – mainstream, small press, vanity published or self-published and why or how did you choose this route?

I went with a small press.  I had sent out agent queries along with queries to small presses all at the same time, and when I got a bite from a small press, I didn’t hesitate.  It never occurred to me that I should wait and try for a bigger fish.  I was really happy with the company and I’m still happy with that decision, because I got some of the best editing work ever and it was a great first experience.

Q: How long did it take you to get published once you signed the contract?

I think it was well over a year from start to finish.  The editing process took a little while, as did the book production.  This was back in 2005, so things were just starting to blow up with on demand publishing and it still took longer to go through all the set-up steps back then.

Q: How did it make you feel to become published for the first time and how did you celebrate?

Have you ever had anyone answer that being published for the first time sent them into a spiraling depression?  Yeah, me neither!  I was ecstatic!  I celebrated with cake.  Chocolate.  Good times.

Q: What was the first thing you did as for as promotion when you were published for the first time?

I don’t really remember what the very first thing was.  I recall making press kits and sending out review copies and setting up a blog and website.  This was all before social media of facebook and twitter, so blogs were the primary web presence then.  But I can’t recall the exact first thing.

Q: Since you’ve been published, how have you grown as a writer and now a published author?

Well, hopefully I’ve grown in positive ways as a writer.  Like I said, my first editing experience was great, and I learned a lot from that.  Now when I write, I think I’m better at editing on the fly and have a better grasp of what will excite the reader more quickly.  I’m always thinking of the reading experience first, whereas when I started, I was thinking of putting the story out as a cohesive whole but would sometimes get bogged down and lose sight of the overall entertainment value and how smooth it would be.  So, hopefully, I’m better at blending the two together now – keeping the story on track while keeping the reader entertained.

Q: What has surprised or amazed you about the publishing industry as a whole?

Well, we really are seeing a shift in the way the business is being done now with the new technologies.  I guess I’m most surprised that the big publishing houses are slow to pick up on the new trends.  Things are moving faster and there’s a wider variety than ever for readers to chose from, which is wonderful.  But it always surprises me when readers can wade through the white noise of all the product and find something that they can still make a best-seller.

Q: What is the most rewarding thing about being a published author?

I would like to say that the reward is in writing the books, but that would be a lie.  I write to communicate, so the most rewarding part is when someone has read my work and responds in some way.  Especially, of course, if they enjoyed it or have questions or comments about it.  I really love that.

Q: Any final words for writers who dream of being published one day?

Sit down at the keyboard and start.  That’s the only way it will ever happen is to actually do the work.

 

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